G4S bows to campaigning pressure

10 March 2016 - 10:30am
Press release

British security company G4S has announced it will sell its entire Israeli business in the next two years.

The announcement follows an intensive four year global campaign targeting G4S over its complicity in Israeli violations of Palestinian rights and continued abuses around the world.

G4S provides equipment and services to Israeli prisons where Palestinian political prisoners are held in violation of international law, often held without charge or trial, and subject to torture. G4S also provides equipment to Israeli military checkpoints along the illegal Apartheid Wall.

Ryvka Barnard, Militarism and Security Campaigner at War on Want, said:

"Whether it’s supporting Israeli Apartheid or stoking violence against asylum seekers in the UK, G4S has continued to rake in the profits with little regard for human rights.

"Campaigners have repeatedly exposed G4S abuses around the world, successfully organising student unions, universities, charities, United Nations agencies, popular restaurants and others to boycott and divest from G4S until it ends its complicity in Israeli violations of Palestinian rights.

"G4S’s announcement proves that campaigning works, yet we will continue to pressure G4S until it ends its involvement in abuse entirely."

The company announced the sale of its Israeli operations in its 2015 end of the year results, along with UK Utility services, US Youth Justice services and UK children’s services. Its announcement follows similar moves by French multinationals Veolia and Orange, and Ireland’s biggest company CRH, all of which have ended their business in Israel in the past few months after campaign pressure.

Campaigners have consistently targeted G4S over its complicity in human rights violations against Palestinians, and abuse at youth detention centres in the UK. In the past four years, G4S has lost contracts worth millions of pounds as a result of campaigns in the UK, South Africa, Jordan, Colombia and the United States.

Sahar Francis, Director of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, said: “At a time when Israel is stepping up its campaign of mass incarceration as a way of repressing Palestinian society, G4S should end its role in Israel’s prison system immediately, as well as its role in maintaining Israeli checkpoints and illegal settlements.”

 

Notes to Editors

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